WR Odell Beckham Jr
October 7, 2015
Q: Coach Coughlin said you went into talk to him this morning. Why did you go in and what did you discuss?
A: Well I went to talk to him because I walked by his office and I saw him. I was just telling him just how much I love playing football, how much I love being here. This being my job, I want to be the best.
Q: Did the subject of what the Bills said about you come up?
Q: What are your thoughts about what they did say?
A: I hadnít read it.
Q: They called you a prima donna and a golden boy.
A: Itís whatever, man. Its football, weíre playing football. Iím not worried about the Bills, theyíre in the past, we beat them last week.
Q: Tom said the subject was your actions on the field. I guess you threw a punch at one point, the Bills say a couple of punches were thrown, how he wants you to be above all of that stuff.
A: Yeah, thatís what they say. Everybody has their opinion, everybody can say what they want to say. But at the end of the day, weíre out there playing football. So everything else is irrelevant. What they do to me and what I do to them is irrelevant. Itís football, man, I donít know how much more to explain it besides that.
Q: But itís got to be tough, youíve obviously been a target. Theyíre clearly going after you and you want to defend yourself but you know you canít cost the team. How fine a line is that to walk?
A: Itís tough. Itís tough to walk the line. You know that theyíre out there targeting you and theyíre trying to do things to you, as much as somebody wants to say that theyíre not, they are, and thatís just the case. Like I said, weíre out there to play football and thatís all I came here to do, to play football and do whatever this team needs.
Q: Did you feel that things maybe got a little bit chippy and out of hand at the end of the game?
A: I think it was the beginning of the game. I think itís every game, matter of a fact. It starts off like that. Whatever the case is, thatís how it is.
Q: You mean regarding you, as far as targeting?
A: Just bickering back and forth between teams blah, blah, blah.
Q: How about you specifically and how they approach you?
A: You already asked me about that. You talked about how theyíre targeting and doing that. You just said it, so really no more to say about it than that. Theyíre doing what theyíre doing and weíre playing football, thatís all there is to it.
Q: Youíve been pretty candid about your emotions in the past, you talked to us about that in the summerÖ just the idea of walking that line, that emotional line. Do you find yourself questioning week after week how you should let it out, keep it in?
A: I mean, not really, I just go out there and play football. Itís all there is to it, weíre playing football and nothing else really matters.
Q: There seems to be a lot of fashionable guys in the locker room. These book bags are getting kind of out of hand. Who do you think has a better book bag between you and Rashad?
A: I think Rashad has one of Spray Ground bags, it came out in like í06 or í05 or something like that. I donít know, is Rashad around? But I donít know, I think I have a wide variety of collection of those bags, some new, some old.
Q: Tom was saying that you have a passion and a toughness to play this game, you just want to go out and play really hard. Do you think people misconstrue that as some cockiness after the notoriety youíve gotten over the catch?
A: All the time. I think itís hard for me because people who know me know I came here to play football. I love football, thereís nothing more to it than that. I just love this game. Iím very confident in my ability. I know what Iíve been given, I know my responsibilities that I have. A lot of people take that as people have built me up to be right here and they hear so much about me that I donít know if they hear so much about other people. So now, ďHeís what theyíre talking about now, I can make my name off of him. Or I could do whatever I need to do to get in that light.Ē Honestly, like I said, I came here to do whatever this team needs me to do. If they need me to block 70 plays a game, thatís what Iím here to do. If they want to catch 60 balls a game, Iíll do that as well. It doesnít really bother me either which way.
Q: Can you talk about the 49ers coming up, thatís your next opponent?
A: The 49ers are a great team. I donít think you can ever sleep on any team due to record, this is the NFL. Any team can be better any given day. We know theyíre going to be hungry for a win, and weíre going to have to play like weíre hungry, because we are. Trying to get our record to 3-2 and weíve got to do whatever it takes.
Q: Will you appeal the fine you got from the game?
A: Of course. Of course. Yeah, I get punched every single game or ďpunchedĒ or whatever it isóI get hit in my face every single game. Like I said, it is what it is, but weíre playing football and these are grown men out here. I donít think anybody should be talking about what happened after they lost the game.
Q: Thatís still the bottom line for you, the best revenge, winning the game?
A: Weíre 2-2, we beat the Buffalo Bills last week. The past is behind you, canít really change it.
Q: Does it bother you or is it laughable to you that they would call you a prima donna, a wonder boy?
A: No. Does it bother you a little bit?
Q: Does it bother you?
A: No, it doesnít bother me, Iím fine. Iím fine every single day, I sleep like a baby at night.
Q: Were you surprised the Bills were kind of walking around with a swagger a little bit?
A: You brought it to my attention, I didnít really know much about it besides now. For a Bills team who I think is one of the best defenses in the league, could be one of the best teams in the league, just to hear remarks and stuff like that, itís kind of confusing, it kind of messes with my idea of their identity. And where do they go from here? I donít know. Like I said, itís all irrelevant, itís all words, itís all in the past. Thereís nothing any one of us can do about it. So we move forward to San Fran.
Q: Are you getting a lot more attention this year than last year?
A: Yeah. Yeah. Definitely would have to say so. Thatís good for us, I love that. If I can draw two guys on one play, if I can draw seven guys on a fake reverse and we have a big play, I did my job. You know what I mean? I think there was a big play in the game, I think they called illegal man downfield or something like that. I know thereís a rule that you can only have one yard to go, and we watched it on film and he is one yard away before the ball is released. Big play gets called back. Like I said, we came here to play football, you canít do much about calls or whatever any one else has to say. All you can do is whatís between snap and whistle.
Q: Coach Coughlin brought up the Rashad touchdown and the idea that here you are, everyone kind of forgets you had a bit of a collision, but you were coming across the field to try and lay that block to spring him to get to the end zone.
A: Yeah, I was trying but he didnít need any of my help. I tried to get out of his way at the last minute, he just smacked him by and kept running and I didnít want to mess up the touchdown so I just had to go across and get out of the way.
Q: But from your perspective, thatís something that kind of feeds into the idea of youíre out there playing and doing more than just catching passes for this team.
A: Right. Anybody who watches the film, youíre going to see thereís no plays off really, so to say. If I have to go down and block the safety, thatís my job. Iím going to go in there and try to do that. I was trying to go get a block for Rashad on that play. Rashad picked the knees up and kept running and made the guy miss. I probably should have stayed on the corner out of his way.
Q: Did you get a specific explanation of which plays that they didnít like?
A: I didnít read it, to be honest. Iím not really worried about it.
Q: Could you clarify for me why you went into to talk to Coach Coughlin and what his advice was to you?
A: Well, I didnít go upstairs to talk to Coach Coughlin.
Q: You ran into him?
A: Yeah, I ran into him. I went to go talk to Jerry Reese and just same thing I told you earlier, Iím telling him I came here to play football, I love playing football, and thatís all there is to it.
Q: Did Jerry Reese have advice to you?
A: Same thing Coughlin said.
Q: Which was what?
A: Just keep doing your job, we love everything, blah, blah, blah. Same thing, you know what I mean? Thereís no underlying story to it.
Q: I apologize if this has been asked before, but what is your thought about the MRSA stuff thatís running around?
A: Itís kind of the nature of the beast with stuff in here. Everybody is sweaty, dirty, and things can get passed around through scabs and scars or whatever. Whatever it is, I donít know everything about it. A teammate of ours has it, and they just want to make sure they control the situation so it doesnít spread to other guys. Iíve heard about staph and MRSA, whatever it is, Iíve heard about it before. Hopefully it stays out of the locker room from now on.
Q: Are you guys concerned at all though?
A: They said something about Ebola a long time ago, and I try not to worry about that. Thereís no need to worry about it, if something is going to happen, itís going to happen. I believe in destiny and faith.
Q: Did you expect this kind of attention directed at you this year coming into this year?
A: As far as on the field? Definitely. I didnít think that anybody would do the same things that they did last year. I knew that there would be more attention drawn. Like I said, I like it, it opens other guys, it opens up other plays in our playbook. Hopefully theyíll continue to keep doing it and other guys will make big plays like we keep doing.
Q: Are you confident youíll be able to control your emotions when youíre baited?
A: Baited? Control your emotions? I feel like I do a pretty good job. I donít remember getting any flags last game or one for offensive holding or something. I didnít have any penalties during the game, so controlling my emotions isnít really any of my concern.